If you want a convertible Mercedes what comes to mind? Of course its the SL is a “Sport Light” roadster with a retractable hard top. But it carries a legacy of being the flagship of the brand, and priced out of reach of most buyers. That is why they shortened the S-Class sedan and gave it a fabric top.
The S63 AMG Cabrio packs a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 sending 603 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque to all wheels. It allows 60 mph to arrive in 3.8 seconds, only 0.1 seconds slower than the V12 powered SL65. So what would you do with an overpowered AWD convertible? We spent a week with one and realized how inferior everything else can be.
Starting where the rubber meets the road, the S Cabrio suspension is far more advanced than the aging SL. Multi-chamber air bags and curve control allow the body to lean into each corner. This translates cetrifugal force into vertical, making for a pleasant ride after my neck surgery.
The transition from sedan to coupe didn’t alter the front seats or dash. Controls and infotainment are almost identical to the sedan. What makes it even more practical are the rear seats. Even with the fronts fully back, there is adequate room for rear passengers.
Driving the S63 Cabrio is truly rewarding. The incredibly strong unibody does not rattle or show any signs of cowl shake. The 9-speed dual clutch transmission offers instant shifts to wake up the turbos. In normal mode, it shifts way too early for people like us.
Sport + mode should be the default setting when the engine starts. That’s because it will reward you with incredible acceleration in any situation. You will not reach the limits of this car on any public road, and you will make Subaru drifters question their purpose in life. If you have the means, 180,000 is not an unreasonable price. Our dealers have several to choose from, or they can order yours to meet your heart’s desires. Click the link below to learn more and stay with us for more reviews.